Bluebird

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Bronze Award
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London, SW3 5UU ·Website ·Call020 7559 1000

SquareMeal Review of Bluebird

Bronze Award

With a plum Chelsea location and plenty of space on the street-level terrace and first-floor restaurant, Bluebird keeps it simple to woo the King’s Road set with a please-all menu of globe-spanning flavours, lighter bites at the adjacent Bluebird Café and a large horseshoe bar. Following a refurbishment in autumn 2016, the sprawling dining room is a mishmash of styles – patterned fabrics and blue and brown leather ­­– beneath rusty-red girders and a large skylight. Diners share a collection of smaller options, or go for a traditional three-course meal. Our salad of crispy duck was piled with chewy nuggets of flesh and drizzled with a well-matched maple dressing, but a hefty Galician steak for two was too chewy and fatty for the price. Overall prices are reasonable and pescatarians are particularly well catered for. The staff are on-point and swift, while only the pickiest oenophile will struggle to find a wine on the lengthy list. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
International
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Unique
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
People
Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Bluebird

One of the D&D group's more relaxed, family-friendly ventures, Bluebird is a spacious neighbourhood restaurant on the King's Road with a large outdoor terrace. Boasting a more chilled-out café and courtyard on the ground floor and a more refined restaurant and bar on the first floor, this is the perfect setting for almost any type of gathering.

Bluebird's restaurant offers a delightful range of modern European dishes, with enough choice to suit any palate. Starters dart around the continent and further afield, from caviar blinis with creme fraiche and chives, beef tartare and duck liver terrine to Brindisa Iberico Paleta, to burrata with Panzanella salad, to crispy duck salad with Chinese leaf and Thai dressing. Mains similarly celebrate a breadth of cuisines. Highlights include Kerala monkfish curry with rice and chapatis, lobster spaghetti, halibut with roasted salsify, salty fingers and brown butter hollandaise, lamb rump with bbq carrot purée, yoghurt, sumac and lovage oil or aged British grass-fed sirloin with onion purée, bone marrow and triple cooked chips. Guests can add the likes of charred hispi cabbage or truffle mash, as well as sauces such as peppercorn, bone marrow or smoked mayonnaise. 

For a more casual visit, there is also a weekend brunch menu, offering classics like eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royal, French toast with streaky bacon, wild blueberries and whipped creme fraiche, or dill-cured Loch Duart salmon with mustard and Danish rye bread. These actually appear as starters rather than simply breakfast options, and are followed by similar mains to the a la carte menu, with the addition of a bone marrow beef burger with cheddar, caramelised onions and chips. Sunday lunch is also available, offering either 40-day aged sirloin or Gloucester Old Spot pork belly, each served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and horseradish. 

Desserts include hot chocolate cake, tonka bean and salted caramel baked Alaska or a selection of British cheeses. The wine list matches the food menu: a perfect balance impressive and accessible. 

Special offers for Bluebird

1000 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £40 on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

15 points for every £1 spent

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £120.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

500 Points for lunchtime diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £25, lunchtimes only.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time


Offers cannot be combined. You will be awarded the offer that gives you the most reward points.


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Yes, Bluebird has smart casual dress code. Sportswear and trainers are not permitted.

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Location for Bluebird

350 King's Road, London, SW3 5UU

020 7559 1000

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Opening Times

Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 11:00-15:00
Sun 11:00-15:00
Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:30
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun 17:30-21:30

Reviews of Bluebird

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20 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

Anthony W

02 July 2019  
Amazing food in a great setting - just chilling in the centre of Chelsea. The staff are amazing - no, seriously amazing.

Petrina S

27 June 2018  
Great restaurant.

Emma O

22 December 2017  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 2.5
Great venue but disappointing food and drink
The venue and atmosphere is great - that cannot be argued. However i had a warm cocktail (it was meant to be cold) very average chicken and chips and a far too sweet dessert, I can say that the food certainly does not live up to the venue. The only saving grace was the squid which was lovely. All in all over priced and substandard.

Judith P

04 May 2017  
Great atmosphere and good food and service.

Lucia S

31 May 2016  
Great terrace in the sun. Tried the salmon with risotto for a late sunday lunch and it was pretty amazing. Also dogs are welcome which is a very handy. Great launch music and heaters outside made a great ambiance.

Natalia P

11 May 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
It is hard to believe this is converted garage. Lines are clean and there is a warm feeling about the place. There is plenty of space around the tables, so unlike in many other restaurants these days you can actually have a private conversation. Waiters were pleasant and there when you needed them. Portions are good too. If you like grilled meat this is definitely a place for you – they really do amazing grilled steaks. Wine list is extensive too. All in all it was a very pleasant lunch and i will be coming back again

Anthony D

02 November 2013  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
Very good value lunch menu and excellent waiter service
I ate here on a weekday with a friend. The restaurant is modern and smart looking. Initially the welcome was poor – the receptionist was on a long phone call and she and the other staff ignored us, and we saw the same happening to others later. However it all improved at the table – the waiter, a young guy from Martinique was friendly and highly professional, taking our order efficiently and making sure we were comfortable between courses. The lunch menu is excellent value considering the locatoin and the quality of the food. A potted salmon was served with little crispy biscuits and a cucumber salad; the ‘chicken burger’ was spicy and at our request they produced a mango chutney to go with it which was delicious. We did not have a desert but the coffee was quick and excellent. Bread home made and excellent. Wine not cheap but a choice of about eight whites by the glass, the same of reds. Altogether a good experience.

Anna M

07 May 2013  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 2.5
Could do better
The crab linguine and burger were good but the chips were very average. We didn't have dessert because they wouldn't do one off the set menu – even after a waiter spilled a drink all over me.

Amanda P

03 April 2013  
Food & Drink 4
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
Bluebird Cafe
Consistent standard in an area that lacks decent modern cooking with quality ingredients. On this occasion slightly marred by under par service. That won't put me off as I rely on Bluebird as my default when meeting clients in this area.

Edward S

30 December 2011  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 1
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
A lovely venue on Kings Road in Chelsea, Bluebird is rightly an institution in this area. My last visit before now was six months ago and in truth I was wholly disappointed with the previous experience. Food was very average, with lukewarm soup and stale bread in a club sandwich. This time around however the food has improved markedly, seemingly much fresher in ingredients and cooked with more care and attention. I wish the same could be said for the service however – atrociously awful is being kind. The waiting staff were totally disinterested in serving my table, to the point where after twenty minutes I walked over to the service stand to order some drinks and discovered two waiters busy playing on their Blackberries. Even after my pointed remarks to them, service was apathetic with plates of food thunked down on the table without an ounce of finesse. It is such a shame that our experience was sullied by these members of staff. Had it not been for them, I would have given Bluebird an overall score of 7. There are in truth better British/European restaurants in the local area (Medlar and The Penny Black being two notables), which whilst not having the same location cachet, offer more substantial food with vastly superior service.
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